A Sense of Rebellion as Week Five of Lockdown Commences
The British Government has faced a lot of criticism regarding its slow response t the spread of the Coronavirus and COVID19. Now, after four weeks of lockdown and no end in sight many people feel it has gone too far. There is a sense of rebellion as rules are being broken and social distancing is not being maintained.
Week Four in Lockdown and all Restrictions Remain in Place
The UK has now been in lockdown for three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was reviewed at the end of the third week and the decision was made that the restrictions would remain in place. So we still have to stay at home and can only go out to work, shop or to take one form of exercise.
A Third Solitary Week in Lockdown
As the UK is entering the third week of lockdown the number of confirmed cases and deaths from coronavirus and COVID19 continues to rise and it is expected the end of this week will see the biggest increase yet. The situation regarding lockdown will also be reviewed then but it does not seem the end is anywhere in sight yet.
Locked Down by the Seaside: Week Two
It is the second week of lock down in the UK. Home alone I am sticking to the rules but many people are not as they are failing to understand the seriousness of the situation. This week sees the first death of a child from the virus and even our own Prime Minister becomes ill. As the number of confirmed cases and deaths continue to rise the importance of staying at home and observing social distancing becomes even more apparent.
Self-Isolation Merges into Lockdown
On Monday 23 March 2020 restrictions were introduced that effectively put the UK into lockdown. By then I had been in self-isolation for eleven days and was looking forward to returning to a normal life. But that was not going to happen as the world around me started closing down and closing in.
Living in Self-Isolation: Days 8 to 12
As I came to the end of my first week of my self-isolation following a sudden curtailment of a trip to Northern Italy I was looking forward to getting the second week over and life becoming normal again. I had decided I would spend some more time in Dorset and volunteered to do some shifts on Brownsea Island. I was really looking forward to returning to my duties as a National Trust volunteer.
Coping in Self Isolation: Week One
As Italy attempts to control the second most serious outbreak of coronavirus in the world events move fast. Four days after my arrival there the whole country goes into lockdown. I escape to the UK on one of the last flights out of the country and head for two weeks’ self-isolation at home. The UK government is recommending this for anyone returning from China or Italy. I have made no preparations at all for this.
Italy Plunges into Lockdown
On Wednesday 11 March 2020 the World Health Organization declared that the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak was now a pandemic acknowledging that the virus is likely to spread to every country on the globe. At the time I was being re-patriated to the UK on one of the last flights to leave Italy as that country closed down dramatically curtailing a ski trip I was leading in the Italian Dolomites. My life and those of many others was about to be turned upside down. I decided to keep a personal diary of my life during a pandemic.
Tracing the Story of Art Nouveau in Riga
It is difficult to find an all-embracing definition of Art Nouveau architecture. Buildings in this style represent a breakaway from traditional, more rigid styles. In general, it introduced a fluidity of lines in the structure of buildings and decorations embracing the theme back to nature. There are animals, both real and fanciful, plants, fruits and suns everywhere. Art Nouveau blossomed more in Riga than anywhere else in the world as it coincided with a time of rapid expansion and a large number of talented architects ready, and able, to experiment.
A Sunday Morning Stroll Around the Marais, a District of Paris
Le Marais is an old Parisian district situated on the north bank of the River. It is a glorious mixture of history, architecture, cultures and cuisine. It is home to the Hôtel particulier, a large private mansion incorporating several bedrooms for the use of guests and some grandiose religious buildings reflecting early settlements of religious communities. As cars are not permitted in the central area of the Marais on a Sunday it is the ideal time to walk through this fascinating district. Highlights of my visit included the meringue shop and polyphonic singing.